Myth: Men do not get breast cancer; it affects women only
Here’s The Truth
Men can get breast cancer, too. This year, it is estimated that approximately 2,800 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 530 will die. While this percentage is still small, men should also check themselves periodically by doing a breast self-exam while in the shower and reporting any changes to their physicians.
Breast cancer in men is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola. Men carry a 19% higher mortality rate than women do, primarily because awareness among men is lower and men are less likely to assume a lump is breast cancer, leading to delays in seeking treatment.
Medically reviewed June 2023